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Don’t Lose Your Home to the City’s Tax Sale – Get Legal Help!

If you’re behind on your property taxes or water bill, or have received a letter from the City regarding your home being included on the Tax Sale list, please don’t wait until it’s too late to receive help. Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service and the Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland are sponsoring four legal clinics Read more about Don’t Lose Your Home to the City’s Tax Sale – Get Legal Help![…]

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Don’t Forget Your Local Advocates!

Now that we have a new administration and we’re increasingly seeing our laws being corrupted, and perhaps our Constitution being tossed out of a window at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, we need to remember to support our local Baltimore organizations that are advocating for the protection of citizens and fundamental human rights.  This is by no Read more about Don’t Forget Your Local Advocates![…]

Maryland Energy Assistance Resources

If you, or someone you know, is struggling to pay your BGE bill this winter, please know there is help available. Please don’t wait until your utilities have been shut off — seek help immediately. Maryland has programs available to assist low-income people with their utility bills, and you can even apply online. You may Read more about Maryland Energy Assistance Resources[…]

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Free Utility Bill Legal Clinic for Baltimore City Seniors

The Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland is hosting a free legal clinic for seniors where you can receive legal advice about your water or gas and electric bills. Date and Time: Friday, December 9, 2016 Location: Northwest Community Action Center, 3939 Reisterstown Road, Baltimore, MD 21215 The clinic is open to Baltimore residents, age Read more about Free Utility Bill Legal Clinic for Baltimore City Seniors[…]

Free Utility Bill Legal Clinic for Seniors

The Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland is hosting a free legal clinic for seniors where you can receive legal advice about your water or gas and electric bills. Date and Time: Wednesday, September 28, 2016 Location: Southeast Community Action Center, 3411 Bank Street, Baltimore, MD 21224 The clinic is open to Baltimore residents, age Read more about Free Utility Bill Legal Clinic for Seniors[…]

Behind on Your Property Taxes or Water Bill? Don’t Lose Your Home!

It’s that unfortunate time of year again when we have to start thinking about the city’s tax sale and the people who could potentially lose their homes because of an unpaid tax or other municipal lien. The Pro Bono Resource Center is again hosting a series of tax-sale workshops for homeowners who need information about Read more about Behind on Your Property Taxes or Water Bill? Don’t Lose Your Home![…]

Let’s Talk About Contractors and Home Improvement

We’ve all watched those shows on HGTV or the DIY Network that show home renovations, kitchen remodels, etc. I’m personally a huge fan of Nicole Curtis, from Rehab Addict and of course This Old House — who doesn’t love Norm and Tom? I like both of these shows, because you see not only the materials Read more about Let’s Talk About Contractors and Home Improvement[…]

Don’t Lose Your Home to the City’s Tax Sale!

One of the smartest things you can do when you’re in a jam is to reach out and seek help. For those of you who are in danger of losing your home to the annual tax sale, here’s an opportunity to get your questions answered! MVLS and the Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland are Read more about Don’t Lose Your Home to the City’s Tax Sale![…]

Weatherization and Help With Heating Costs

Many people in Baltimore, and across Maryland, live without heat during the winter due to high utility bills.  Making your home more energy-efficient, and getting help to lower those bills is critical — especially for those with young children, or seniors.  Follow the links below if you are in need, and please make sure your Read more about Weatherization and Help With Heating Costs[…]

SOWEBO Neighbors — Please Join Us June 12 and June 14!

SOWEBO Now! Please come to this great two-day event where neighbors will have the opportunity to discuss and work on small projects that will have an impact on neighborhood issues. I will be leading the discussion and project for vacants. Thursday we’ll be discussing what neighbors can do about nuisance vacants: how to verify ownership, Read more about SOWEBO Neighbors — Please Join Us June 12 and June 14![…]

Homestead Tax Credit Application Deadline is Quickly Approaching!

Have you applied for the Maryland homestead tax credit yet? The purpose of the Homestead Credit Program is to help homeowners afford annual property tax increases on their owner-occupied homes. The State caps annual assessment increases at 10 percent as applied to annual property taxes. Baltimore City caps at 4 percent. This credit protects homeowners, Read more about Homestead Tax Credit Application Deadline is Quickly Approaching![…]

New Report on Collateral Damage from Foreclosures

The Center for Responsible Lending has issued a new report on equity loss by homeowners who live in close proximity to foreclosed homes — this is a must-read if you want to better understand why your home is suddenly worth less than you paid (besides the fact that you perhaps overpaid). Some highlights from the Read more about New Report on Collateral Damage from Foreclosures[…]

Another Tool to Fight Against Blight

From the Community Law Center: Owners of abandoned properties in Baltimore City should start bringing their properties up to code, or the local community association might sue them to do just that. Today, the revised law known as the Community Bill of Rights, goes into effect. This amended legislation makes it easier for community organizations Read more about Another Tool to Fight Against Blight[…]

On Maps and Data

Data and statistics can be useful when trying to figure out just how bad, good, or neutral a problem is — or where the problems are located, circumstances and conditions…  It’s one thing to discuss an issue (like crime or blight) — another thing entirely to see it as a visual. I created this map Read more about On Maps and Data[…]

Before You Sign That Lease: Do Your Research!

I can’t tell you how many emails I’ve received over the past few years saying “I wish I had read your blog before moving into my apartment, now I’m stuck with a slumlord.” Here are some tips and resources for researching your potential new landlord — while I can’t guarantee you’ll get a great landlord, Read more about Before You Sign That Lease: Do Your Research![…]

An Idea for Lead Paint Restitution

I was having a rather lively discussion with @councilmancole on Twitter regarding the legalities of this idea — feel free to chime in with your own comments. One of the problems with high-dollar lead paint settlements is the collection of the money.  As Councilman Cole pointed out, many of these slumlord-owned properties are technically owned Read more about An Idea for Lead Paint Restitution[…]

A 12-Step Program for Cities

Given the success of 12-step programs like Alcoholics Anonymous, and Narcotics Anonymous — I thought it would be interesting to see what would happen if those same twelve steps were modified slightly, to fit the needs of cities.  Keep in mind, this is not meant to poke fun at AA or NA, or those who Read more about A 12-Step Program for Cities[…]

Important: Take the Survey and Make Sure You’re Heard!

Taking the 2012 Citizen Survey isn’t only a way to shape the future of Baltimore, it’s a way for you to make sure that as a resident — your voice counts!  Let our elected officials know how you feel about a wide variety of topics — and it’s anonymous. Take the survey today!

Who Are The People In Your Neighborhood?

After running into a guy who moved to Baltimore with his wife three months ago, and listening to his story about moving away already (his wife was robbed, and someone tried to break into their home the day after they moved in) — I had to ask him a few questions about how and why Read more about Who Are The People In Your Neighborhood?[…]

Problem Bar in Your Neighborhood?

The Community Law Center is holding a workshop for people who are concerned about liquor licenses (and license owners) in their neighborhood. The workshop will be held Thursday, February 23rd at 6:30-8 PM. Key topics will be: Relevant liquor laws and tools needed to negotiate with a liquor licensee Baltimore City Liquor Board logistics How Read more about Problem Bar in Your Neighborhood?[…]